Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith leads the Sensor Systems research group. The group invents new sensor systems, devises new ways to power them, and develops algorithms for using them. The research has application in the domains of robotics, ubiquitous computing, and HCI.

Current projects in the area of wireless power include FREE-D, which aims to wirelessly power modern artificial hearts, known as Left Ventricular Assist Devices; WARP, sensor units powered by signals from TV and cell phone towers; and WISP, fully-programmable sensing and computing platforms that are powered by RFID readers. In the area of robotics, the group is working on sensing techniques to support mobile manipulation and Personal Robotics. We have a Willow Garage PR2 robot. We are developing novel "seashell effect pretouch" sensors for the PR2, and manipulation techniques using these sensors. The sensors and software will be made available to the Personal Robotics community.